The examination in public of policy 42 of the Wiltshire core strategy (the wind turbine amendment) will take place on Thursday, May 16th 9.30
- 1 and 2 - 5.30, at the Civic Centre, St Stephen's Place, Trowbridge. The examination of Policy 41 (housing) will be taken first so policy 42 will probably be heard mainly in the afternoon. Members of the public will be welcome to attend. Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon are part of the Wiltshire Clean Energy Alliance who will be represented at the hearing.
And, if you're interested in knowing when the CFB action groups' meetings are it's always best to check the 'Events' or 'Action Groups' sections on the website as we're not always have this information for you in the monthly newsletter.
MAY MONTHLY MEETING
"Towards zero carbon homes: how can planning help?" Ralph Perry-Robinson from Wiltshire Council.
Monday 20th May 7.30 p.m. Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane BA15 1JU
Ralph will explore how the planning system can encourage the construction or retrofitting of low or zero carbon homes in Wiltshire, together with some of the barriers and opportunities. He is a member of the Wiltshire Council Green Economy team, working closely with the Council’s planning department. He has considerable experience in architectural practice, and an MSc from the Centre for Alternative Technology.
JUNE MONTHLY MEETING
Screening of "Plastic Shores"
Monday, 17 June 7.30pm Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BoA
We will be showing the film 'Plastic Shores' at this meeting as there wasn't time to show it at the January meeting. It will be followed by a discussion on what can be done to reduce plastic and other waste in Bradford on Avon.
NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - CAN YOU HELP?
Shay Parsons is on the Town Council Steering Group which has responsibility for producing the town's Neighbourhood Plan. The plan will help shape future development in Bradford, and we can include policies supporting CFB's aims into the plan. The first round of consultation is complete and now the work starts on defining the policies. Shay is heading the group writing the policies on sustainability, and she'd value any input from CFB members with planning experience relating to Conservation and Design, Housing, Transport, Economy and Enterprise, Green Spaces or Community Wellbeing.
Please contact Shay directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
if you can help. Attendance at meetings not necessarily required!
For further information about the town's Neighbourhood Plan, please visit http://neighbourhoodplan.blogspot.co.uk/
MORE HELP NEEDED
We have a lot of requests for us to take stalls at town events this summer and it will be hard to fulfill these without more helpers.
General requests for help to the whole email list are often not very productive and we end up with the same people helping out each time. So, it would be great to see some new faces so it could be useful to build up a pool of names of people who are prepared to be asked if they can do a stint on a stall. Please remember you can always say no - it does not in any way commit you.
Also, if you are new to the group or just feel nervous about what you might be asked to do on the stall and whether you have sufficient knowledge to answer queries, we will always make sure you are with an 'old hand'. If you would be happy to have your name added to our 'helper' pool of email addresses, please email email@example.com
, we would be delighted to hear from you.
HYDRO SCHEMES UPDATE
Over the summer the hydro turbine will be installed in the leat which you can see at the end of Kingston Road (see photo, taken from Bridge St.). The civil engineering work is all but finished and the turbine itself, a Kaplan, is currently being constructed in Devizes. It is expected to generate sufficient electricity to power around 100 houses and will be another significant contribution to our Carbon Neutral 2050 aspiration.
The Environment Agency has now made it's "minded to determination" regarding the Avoncliff situation. The key extract from the 'minded to determination' is: "Having considered the relevant information from both applicants, the views of our own officers and expert advisers, and having regard to our statutory duties and to the guidance summarised above, we are minded to refuse the North Mill applications numbers NPS/WR/002511 and NPS/WR/003126; and we are minded to grant the Weavers Mill application number NPS/WR/001709." You can view the full 'minded to' notice here - health warning, it's 36 pages long!
SCHOOL SOLAR PV INSTALLATIONS
The new maths block at St Laurence is now finished, complete with a sedum roof and solar PV array (photo right) which has already generated more than 1 megawatt of power in around 6 weeks. Later in the year more solar PV and some solar thermal (to heat water) are being installed on another building at the school. Excellent stuff.
Fitzmaurice Primary School are also keen to install solar PV and are currently exploring possibilities for this.
CALLING OUR VILLAGES
We like to arrange the occasional monthly CFB meeting at one of the BoA Community Area villages and have already done this at Winsley and Holt. If you live in one of the villages and would be willing to help arrange a future meeting please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
BIODIVERSITY GROUP UPDATE
Wildflower seeds have been planted in various locations around the town and are being well watered by the rain.
Swifts are being monitored in a pilot scheme with the RSPB.
The group is looking into phase 1 habitat maps for initially the BoA area and would welcome help; if this is something you would be interested in please get in touch at email@example.com
And finally - Hurrah! there is a ban on the neonicotinoid pesticides by the EU for 2years. The bees must now be able to breathe in fresher air.
THE SFADG (Sustainable Food & Drink Group) REPORTS .....
The next SFADG meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 14th May, 7.30 p.m. will include feedback from Sara Cundy on Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's progress over the last year with the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Food Network and the Local Growing Project. It will take place at The Town Club, 59 Market Street, BoA.
..... Local Food Map, Directory & Website
The first poster of the Local Food Map, that is being developed by A Local Life magazine and the SFADG, will hopefully be on display by the end of the month. A good number of pubs and restaurants have signed up and various other businesses. We would be particularly pleased now to include more producers. The new deadline for the first draft of the map is 23 May.
Producers (within a 35 mile radius of BoA), and independent retailers selling local food, and pubs, hotels, restaurants, cafes and public sector bodies including schools, who use local food, and garden centres and seed merchants within a 10 mile radius can still register on www.boafood.co.uk As the security settings on the sign in form seem to have prevented some people from registering, if you are having problems submitting the required details of your business, email them instead to firstname.lastname@example.org/.
..... Incredible Edibles Update
In a project led for us by CFB member, Cally Smart of Country Gate Gardens, the SFADG and the Biodiversity Group, have now planted a pear tree, a rose, strawberries and herbs in the planter we have adopted in Lamb Yard. Kindly, some businesses have given some sponsorship, or are looking after the watering for us. We hope the fruit and herbs will be enjoyed by lucky passers by later in the year.
For more information click here.
CFB RESOURCE BANK
We are in the process of compiling a list of climate change related resources – books, pamphlets, DVDs etc. that people would be prepared to loan to others.
We would need details, i.e. whether book, DVD, etc. plus title and author/director. If you'd like to contribute please send us an e-mail with details to email@example.com We will then compile a list that will be available on the website.
ZERO CARBON WORLD
ZCW's very first electric car charging points are soon to be installed at a local B&B - The Beeches on the Holt Road. This is a big step forward and ZCW are hoping that more may follow over the summer. Meanwhile, Wiltshire Council are to be installing two of their own charging points in the station car park this year although there is no date fixed yet.
SOME EQUIPMENT FOR SALE - GOING CHEAP!
We still have available at £5 each: PC standby Savers, TV Standby Savers and mini energy monitors; all are £5 each. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if interested. They can be delivered in and around BoA if required.
GLOBAL C02 IN ATMOSPHERE REACHES MILESTONE LEVEL
For the first time in human history, the concentration of climate-warming carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has passed the milestone level of 400 parts per million (ppm). The last time so much greenhouse gas was in the air was several million years ago, when the Arctic was ice-free, savannah spread across the Sahara desert and sea level was up to 40 metres higher than today.
These conditions are expected to return in time, with devastating consequences for civilisation, unless emissions of CO2 from the burning of coal, gas and oil are rapidly curtailed. But despite increasingly severe warnings from scientists and a major economic recession, global emissions have continued to soar unchecked.
So, what we are trying to do here in the Bradford on Avon area does matter even though we are just a tiny part of what needs to be done.
This great little film gives an interesting insight into UK carbon emissions: http://carbonomissions.org.uk/
CFB AGM IN AUGUST
Advance notice that the AGM will be held in the Scout Hut, French Grass on Monday, August 19th. There'll be more information in the next email, including details of the very interesting talk we have lined up for you.
This picture gives you a taster.
Would you like to demonstrate your commitment to CFB's work and
become a paid-up member? It will only cost a one-off payment of £5.
You can find out more and download an application form here.
Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon Community Interest Company no. 07093166